Reptile hunt in wildlife meadow
VOLUNTEERS from the Kentish Stour Countryside Project headed down to Quest International to help the company find out about the reptiles living on its site. The group laid down a number of felt squares around the wildlife meadow in the grounds of the fragrance factory in Kennington Road, Willesborough, to provide a habitat for the creatures. Countryside officer Matt Hayes, who led the task, said: “The volunteers are all excited about the work and are looking forward to finding out the results.” The volunteers produced a map to show where the squares were laid and it is hoped staff members will help record the results. The group also de-silted two bays adjoining the Great Stour, which flows through the site, to help keep a shallow amount of water in them. They transferred vegetation from a small pond to a larger one to allow more sunlight into the small pond and encourage activity in the larger one. Other tasks included strimming newly-planted trees and a spot of ragwort removal and litterpicking. Volunteer work in the Ashford area is carried out every Wednesday by the group.
Anyone interested in helping or seeking more information should log on to www.kentishstour.org.uk or telephone 01233 813307.
Volunteers from the Kentish Stour Countryside Project doing work at Quest